Mirasol Fafco Solar

mirasolSolar_solarElectricFAQWhat does PV stand for?
How much space does a PV system need?
Do the solar panels need to be mounted on my roof?
Do the solar panels need to face south?
My roof will soon need to be redone. Should I wait to install a PV system?
Are solar panels fragile?
How much solar electric power do I need to power my home?
How much power does a solar electric system produce?
How long will a PV system last?
What happens when the utility company has a power outage?
Does a PV system need batteries?
What is Net Metering?
How does the power from a PV system get stored?
Will hurricanes effect a PV system?
Do I need to install a new roof before the solar panels are installed?
What happens if the solar panels are shaded?
Do I need to clean the solar panels periodically?
Do solar PV systems work for commercial buildings?
Are there incentives for buying solar electricity?
If I sell my property, will a PV system increase the sale price?
How long does it take to install a PV system?
I already have a system installed and need repairs, can you help?
Who do I contact if I want more information or still have questions?

What does PV stand for?
PV stands for Photovoltaic, which in short, is the technical term of converting the sun’s natural energy into electricity using solar panels which are made up of solar or photovoltaic cells. A solar electric system is also called a PV system.

How much space does a PV system need?
A typical system requires about 7 to 8 square feet for each dollar of your electric bill. This figure varies depending upon your electric rates.

Do the solar panels need to be mounted on my roof?
Panels are often mounted on the roof, but can also be mounted on the ground. Ground mounts are great if the house is shaded, or if dormers or other obstructions limit available space on the roof.

Do the solar panels need to face south?
South is best, but panels installed facing east or west still can generate a very high percentage of possible power. It is usually more effective (and more attractive) to install the panels in the same plane as the roof direction, rather than build an awkward mount to angle them.

My roof will soon need to be redone. Should I wait to install a solar heating system?
Our FAFCO Systems are installed in such a way that we can easily remove them and later reinstall them at a fraction of the original cost of the system. If the roof is repaired within the first year of the system’s installation, we do the work at no cost to you.
Please contact us about our re-roofing service for more information.

Are solar panels fragile?
No. While the panels are made of tempered glass, they are quite strong. Installed PV panels are designed to withstand hurricane force winds, and pass severe weather tests such as hail. Solar equipment is regularly installed in areas with these types of conditions.

How much solar electric power do I need to power my home?
Each home is different, and the amount of electricity you use is very dependent upon your lifestyle, how your home was built, and your appliances. As part of our services, we work with you to reduce your electrical consumption in easy ways.

How much power does a solar electric system produce?
Systems come in all sizes, and produce as much or as little power as required. Many systems produce a portion of the home’s required power, leaving room for additional conservation or generation in the future.

How long will a PV system last?
The solar panels have a 25 year power warranty from the manufacturer. This is longer than almost anything else you can buy. The rest of the system has a 5 year warranty in most areas. Inverters can have warranties up to 10 years.

We also offer a maintenance agreement or hurricane prep service to extend life and get the most out of your system.

What happens when the utility company has a power outage?
Most systems we sell are “clean power” systems, without batteries. These systems do not generate power when the utility is out, even if it is sunny. If backup power is desired, a battery system can be added. This increases the complexity and cost. Most people find that what they want is Clean Power, and find that the very occasional outage does not bother them, so they do not purchase the battery option.

Does a PV system need batteries?
Batteries are only required if you want backup power when the utility is out of service. Without batteries, the system has no way to store power, and for safety reasons cannot produce power without the utility in operation.

What is Net Metering?
Net Metering is the regulatory ability to get credit for electricity you generate with solar energy and send backwards through your utility meter. Exact provisions vary with each state, but the effect is to allow you to generate excess power during the day, and use it at night, without needing batteries.

How does the power from a PV system get stored?
In a Clean Power, non-battery system, power is not stored. It is either used immediately in the house, or sent backwards through the meter, creating a credit. If storage is needed, large batteries and other equipment are added to the system.

Will hurricanes effect a PV system?
All of our PV panels are engineered to meet or exceed Florida Building Code Specifications for wind load. In short, the solar panels may
help to keep the roof on during high winds.

Do I need to install a new roof before the solar panels are installed?
Solar panels will last many years, (over 25). Because of this, we want the roof to be in decent condition, as it does not make sense to remove and reinstall the panels after only a few years. However, after the panels are in place, they will greatly reduce the wear on the roof by blocking ultraviolet rays, keeping most snow and ice off the roof, and keeping anything from hitting the roof. Most installations do not require a new roof prior to PV installation.

What happens if the solar panels are shaded?
PV panels should be installed in areas where they get significant shade-free sun every day. Even small amounts of shade can significantly reduce the output. Our designs and installations also seek to minimize the impact of any shade issues through selection of the proper equipment and good engineering.

Do I need to clean the solar panels periodically?
Most of our customers do not clean their panels. In most areas of the country, there will be sufficient rain to clean the panels. However, if you are in a dusty area (near a busy dirt road, a very urban area, etc…) you may see a performance gain from cleaning the panels monthly. If necessary, a hose stream is usually sufficient for cleaning. Do not walk on or over the panels to clean them. Do not use metal, hard, or abrasive methods for cleaning. Do not spray water on the panels when they are very hot.

Do solar PV systems work for commercial buildings?
We have installed solar on office buildings, retail buildings, schools, and government facilities. Anywhere electricity is used can use solar electricity.

Are there incentives for buying solar electricity?
There are many incentives for purchasing solar. These vary from state-to-state. Some common incentives include:

  • Lower or fixed utility costs
  • Better for our environment, less carbon emissions
  • Little or no maintenance
  • Solar equipment is more durable and last longer than traditional equipment
  • Create secure and backup source for electricity supply
  • Now is the time to Go Green
  • Remote site with no electric service
  • Sending electricity back to the grid (net metering) can generate money
  • Higher resale value for your property
  • Most individual states and the federal government have incentives and rebates to decrease the up front cost of solar energy producing systems. Please contact us for more details.

If I sell my property, will a PV system increase the sale price?
Energy conservation and renewable generation adds value to your home. Surveys have shown that for every $1,000.00 saved per year, $20,000.00 is added to a home’s value. Solar energy can be one of the best home improvement investments you make.

How long does it take to install a PV system?
Typical, residential systems take from 2 to 5 days to install. Systems mounted on the ground and systems with batteries are more complex, and may take longer. Most of this time is spent outside of your house, so there is little disturbance to you. Commercial systems take several weeks to over a month to install, depending upon size and type of installation.

I already have a system installed and need repairs, can you help?
Yes. Mirasol’s professional staff are experts at repairing and fixing solar systems of all types.
Go to our repair service page and fill out your details.

Who do I contact if I want more information or still have questions?
Fill out your information on our contact page and a Mirasol representative will contact you within 24 hours.

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